Christian Bigotry

Being in grad school in an English program it has really come home to me just how acceptable anti-Christian bigotry has become in academia. A person is pretty much free to bash Christians at will in a way that would land them in deep trouble if they were talking about Jews or Muslims.

There is also a lot of irrational hatred for religion specifically tied to a Christian world view. In an ethics discussion we had last night one girl said that everybody who believes in God is automatically arrogant. I didn't get a chance to follow her line of non-reasoning. The anger in these people's hearts would probably be shocking even to them if they could see it from the outside.

Anyway I have a Prof. who likes to make little snide remarks about Christianity because he was raised Catholic. I am already planning on writing a paper about the apparent acceptance of anti-Christian bigotry in academia which will be tantamount to the play Hamlet put on for his uncle. Hopefully he will take the hint.

You should have tried science..nobody ever mentions religion at all.

and within the church itself towards other Christians as well

BigSherm,

What do you mean? That bigotry is acceptable among Christians towards different traditions? I would agree with this. Catholic bashing was a-ok in the tradition I was raised in but a lot of that comes from not believing Catholics are Christians and that they followed a "doctrine of demons".

Chance,
That's very true. It was also true for my wife in Vet School. My natural bent is for English and History though so that is where I will remain. I don't mind engaging in the battle of ideas anyway. Rarely do I even come across a rational person who actually rationally explains their issues with Christianity. Most of it is a very irrational anger toward God. Those people are easy to expose with a few questions.

What surprises me, however, is that a person can be so professional and precise in other ways but on this one point they just lose it and look like raving lunatics.

Well it's an emotional topic I suppose. If you are in humanities I guess there is the idea that anchoring yourself to religion will unfavourably affect your work or draw it in a particular direction. This is unlikely to happen in science where religious thought doesn't have a viable alternative to the accepted method.

If the coverage I see on Fox News is an accurate reflection of American academia, then I'm surprised you haven't already been burned at the stake for your religious views.

In Exercise Science, I was one of only two people in a class of 105 that had any religious training; you don't even want to know about it, there were days I was told by speaking I was offending someone else's god, like that's some kind of arguement.

MS

ridge, don't forget historically other Christian sects persecuted by the "church".

ridge, don't forget historically other Christian sects persecuted by the "church".

I remember the same thing. I was in for a great education on what apologetics could do for you. Basically get your ass handed to you. I wrote a 10 page essay on the general historicity of the the NT in relations to existing in the first century and being original christian doctrines. Not any theological defense at all and the idiot professor accused me of plagarism which I told him that I was greatly offended by and that if he wanted to push the issue I would take it to the dept. head. I told him it had been a research topic for me for many years and I wrote it in a matter of hours because I knew the subject well.He gave me a c+. I could have pursued it but it was a summer session and I just made sure I didnt have him again. He was an admitted draftee who went to the brig because he refused to go to vietnam. he was a security guard and was afraid of being killed. What a f!@#$ coward.

Its a left over from the 60's anti anything their parents believed and has been passed down like a staph infection. Oh, Im so much more evolved than to give christianity a thought. The radical taliban has a point you know. all the western oppression caused it. We deserved 9-11 blah blah.

Steve Martin made an funny point' so the muslims are going to kill the pope because he said islam was a violent religion. How Ironic.' lol

"I am already planning on writing a paper about the apparent acceptance of anti-Christian bigotry in academia which will be tantamount to the play Hamlet put on for his uncle. Hopefully he will take the hint."

Not directly on point, but this may interest you:

http://www.firstthings.com/ftissues/ft0605/articles/symposium.html

Ridge, I'd say you are corect...but there is just as much Protestant and evangelical bashing coming from the Catholic church as well....sad...on both sides.

"but there is just as much Protestant and evangelical bashing coming from the Catholic church as well....sad...on both sides"

Not to promote one journal too much, but it is not ALL bad news...

http://www.firstthings.com/ftissues/ft9405/articles/mission.html

pneuma,

http://www.firstthings.com

I wish you would recommend some reading

http://www.firstthings.com

every once in a while

http://www.firstthings.com

maybe a publication that has some of their content online?

http://www.firstthings.com

I know you have some good resources that you're keeping to yourself...what are they?

http://www.firstthings.com

That stings, man...

http://www.firstthings.com/ftissues/ft9405/articles/mission.html

 

Yeah well we're the majority so we deserve to be discriminated against.

I don't believe Christians are the majority. I believe people with a vaguely Christian cultural identity are the majority. Polls say a large percentage of people believe in God but when you actually talk to most people who believe in God they are not thinking in terms of even elementary Christian ideas. YOu can use the lingo for something long after you stopped actually doing that thing.

Of course it is hard to define what exactly a Christian is.